Oct 28, 2011 7:24am
TDIH 1972 - Dark Star: "Phil takes over"
10-28-72 - Cleveland Public Hall, Cleveland, Oh. (Sat)
1: Promised, FOTD, Jack Straw, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Mexicali, Box Of Rain, Bobby McGee, Candyman, Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, Playin
2: He's Gone, El Paso, Don't Ease, Greatest, B. E. Women, BIODTL, Attics, Big River, Dark Star> Sugar Magnolia E: Casey Jones E: Johnny B. Goode
last "Candyman": 10-24-71
Well, none of the three '72 shows in Ohio are flawless, but each one has at least one or two redeeming qualities that make them special. In this show, the mix is kind of bad. It’s a board, but Billy is way too loud, and the guitars (especially Bobby and Phil) are way too far back. Still, with a few little EQ adjustments, this is a worthy show with some nice rarities a few must-hear tracks.
This is a pretty good first. The opening trio of Promised, FOTD (fast) and Jack Straw sound great, and the China>Rider seems to get things going in a hurry. Great versions of FOTD and Straw in particular. Love the fast FOTD. Also a great Box of Rain – which is not a song with many great versions. Candyman is the first one in just over a year.
A nice chill He’s Gone opens the second, featuring sharp leads from Garcia near the end. El Paso and Don’t Ease are fine, but by GSET they’re rocking in out pretty good. Billy seems particularly excited and the groove gets really hot before this one’s over. They really break it down, with nice piano from Mr. G. A couple more standards and we’re treated to Attics! This is the last Attics they would play until the Hampton show in l989. A spicy little Big River, and then it’s over the edge and off into space for a lovely Dark Star. There is some very tight and high-energy jamming about six minutes in. The energy keeps rolling for several more minutes before a beautiful slowing spiral back down for verse one. Phil leads the post-verse charge into deep space, and pretty soon we’re standing cold and alone on the dark side of the moon. From there we blast off as they unleash one of those Philo Stomp-ish jams straight back into psychedelic jazz/rock fusion territory. Jerry’s jams become indescribably good for a minute, til he dials it back into space again. The song becomes increasingly chaotic until Jerry finds this wicked little groove to noodle around in – ripping the song in half with his tiger teeth! Yikes! Scary stuff. Sugar Mag brings us back to the ground, and this one has a cut right around the start of SSDD. Donna says, “And we thank you,” in her best southern drawl.
Not content to leave it there, the boys come back for a double encore: Casey, JBG. I’d say that’s a sign you just saw a hot show. This Casey drives like a train. Bob’s pretty hilarious at the end. He’s screaming a lot and keeps adding these little flairs like “Take it easy!” during the wrap-up jam. JBG cooks – Bobby: “You know the words!” Gotta love it.
Highlights: FOTD, Straw, Box, Attics, Dark Star, Casey/JBG encores
This source includes Dick Latvala's introduction to the Dark Star> Sugar Mag portion (he was filling in for David Gans), where he raves about the "Philo jam." From Bear's "secret stash."http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-10-28.sbd.partial.11653.shnf